ARCH 121 Report 2 – ANDERSON, J. “The Design Studio”, Architectural Design

This week we analyzed a reading that had written by Jane ANDERSON. Firstly, I must say that this text is a guide book for students who start off this architectural life as there are doubts whether architectural design can be taught and also most of architectural schools and design studios use their own techniques but sometimes some students and also I may feel as if get stuck on the beginning of this education system because architectural education has not strict rules so what architecture students’ need is learning by doing on design studio and architectural education.

I also accept this text as a guide book so I find some keywords to lead me such as practice, sketch books, sketch models, analysis, diagrams and discussion. I have perfectionist and partly hasty character and when the assignments was given, I just begun to think how to do it. I can say that design studio is a place where you can gain experiences so based on my small but influential experiences sketch books have huge place instead of thinking invariably in architects’ life because as the author’s say in Zaha Hadid part sketches may not always be project specific, they express ideas and possibilities rather than certainties and solutions and as my instructors’ says sketches are not trashes, we can bring them together and we can reveal beneficial and effective result because learning by doing gives us instant feedback in terms of the visual result thusly we can do it better the next time.

It is not mentioned in the text but inspiration is required on the design studio. This can be even a hair as used Bad Hair Pavilion but we shouldn’t wait for it, should we? J Thus in this moment analysis and practice come into play. The more we practice, the better we get. On design studio, also design studio projects have important place. Design studio projects target that students should explore multiple ideas and potential solutions to the design problem so again analysis, sketches and diagrams become more of an issue and learning new skills and how to use new tools help support and develop the design work. This kind of project can help us in our professional life because projects in a professional life follow the same stage to student projects.


ARCH121 Report 1 – FORTY, A. “Introduction”, Words and Buildings; BRAWNE, M. “Architecture & Language”, Architectural Thought: The Design Process and the Expectant Eye”

In this week, which is my first week in my architectural life, I analyze two different text about the relation between architecture and language and in fact the quotation in the beginning of the Adrian FORTY’s text describe the importance of words and the importance of whether making different things with words.

First of all, I must say that BRAWNE’s text is more fluent than the other. Although his examples and explanations are superficial, I understand what he want to describe and more interesting in this text is that we use unwittingly architectural words in our everyday speech as a simile like windows and doors. ‘Opening windows of opportunity and closing doors on undesirable activities.

Secondly, I completely agree the quote of Tom Markus, architectural theorist, ‘Language is at the core of making, using and understanding buildings.’ because language is vital to architects to tell their projects successfully and to be successful while they are presenting their projects so language helps verbal presentation and persuasiveness when architects use right words at the right time.

In the BRAWNE’s text, it seems more important the relation between nature and architecture. In my opinion, architecture shape with people’s needs. If I give an example from the text, this can be definitely the pediment because it made because of hunters needing shelters so they used the opportunities of nature and they made a tent from an animal skin and branches of trees. When I conduct a small research about the pediment, this word is used for placed above the horizontal structure of the entablature in architecture.

Not completely but partly, there is an arguable part in Language and Languages part in FORTY’s text. Sometimes, some words cannot be translated language to another but nowadays there is a huge interaction between two or more than two languages. Although there is no mean some words that have used since the past while translating the words. However, for some words that are used recently such as design and form have same meaning or similar spelling in other languages.